3 Ways Edge Computing Will Change How We Live

When milliseconds matter for IoT-enabled devices, edge computing can enhance the speed and efficiency of data processing and IoT-based decision making

This sets the bar high for the next big digital transformation. So how will this impact the day-to-day needs of today’s businesses? Consider this:

Edge will ease GDPR roadblocks

Isolating IoT communications from traditional cloud-concepts and integrating edge solutions will reform the data transfer process for IoT devices and its connections, especially as the age of GDPR comes closer. Traditional cloud-based data storage will face challenges once GDPR is implemented due to the need to potentially transfer data on a global scale, but data generated by localized, edge-powered sensors have no need to leave its respective country’s infrastructure. This takes the middle man away from the equation, and the need to forward data to a centralized public cloud architecture. Edge-enabled local virtual networks will ensure that data is not shared unnecessarily, but rather streamlined directly from device-to-device.

Enterprises will capture the true value of 5G

The 5G network will enable explosive growth of IoT, as low cost sensors and devices will take advantage of 5G’s high-speeds. Improved device connectivity means more data and a greater need for real-time analysis. A flexible edge compute platform makes this easy – reducing (or eliminating) the amount of data that needs to transferred to centralized cloud resources, allowing users to quickly receive results. This will be a critical scale component to the adoption of 5G, and the answer to transitional needs for performance-sensitive, IoT devices.

Big data will become obsolete

Big data hype has disappeared, and the notion of sending raw, uncompressed data across congested internet pipes to a centralized cloud compute function is fast becoming obsolete. Big data network latency and rising bandwidth cost from traditional data centers are paving the way for a new approach to collecting and managing data. Edge computing will finally allow enterprises to axe the idea of an all-encompassing data hub, opting for smaller, more specialized data communication pinpoints powered by sensor-based technology. The disappearance of the big data center will make room for more efficient data communications, allowing the next phase of the digital transformation to come into fruition.

About the Author

Neil Glazebrook is Director of Product Management for Edge Compute and IoT at Limelight Networks. Neil joined Limelight in 2017 and drives the company’s edge compute product strategy to help enterprises increase efficiency, improve customer experiences and drive innovation through global connectivity.  Prior to joining Limelight, Neil held senior roles at Akamai Technologies focused on streaming video solutions and managing strategic Cloud Service Partners. In addition, he held senior Product Management and Systems Engineering positions at Cisco Systems focused on Video Infrastructure and Broadband Aggregation for the world’s largest Service Providers.  Neil majored in telecommunications at Southgate Technical College in London, and holds an MBA from Babson College.